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Snapshot Saturday~September 28

Another Snapshot Saturday!  I love being part of this group of great people who share their photos and their lives with us.  Thanks to Melinda at West Metro Mommy for being our lovely hostess!

Art is everywhere in Silver City.  There are more art galleries than there are restaurants, it seems.  There is even a Children’s Art Project.  One of their projects was making tiles.  These tiles line steps in several areas of Old Town Silver City.  I have my favorite.

Silver City Tile

 

Perfect!

Be sure to check out what the other photo offerings are at West Metro Mommy.  You’ll love what you find there!

Happy Snapshot Saturday!

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Too Much Fun

We are having too much fun here in New Mexico for me to concentrate on posting.  That sounds terrible and believe me, there’s not a thought in my head about not blogging for real.  It’s just that right now, I don’t feel like devoting the time to it very often.  Once we’re living here permanently, I don’t think I’ll have the problem but on this trip, we’re doing so much around the house and trying to spend time with our friends (when we’re not avoiding them to keep from spreading our colds) and I’m just having trouble settling down to post.

So, that confession out of the way, I’ll move on.  I’ll keep all of the important updates for Monday’s Week In Review.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday I’ll be attending sessions of the Southwest Festival of the Written Word which is being held right here in Silver City.  It’s the first year for it and I’m very excited.  It’s all free and there are many different talks and panels by published authors.  There is a workshop on Memoir Writing that does charge a fee but it was filled by the time I heard about it.  I was very disappointed but I know I’ll enjoy the other sessions anyway.  Just thinking about going has inspired me to write some poetry.  I need a nudge now and then!  I’m sure I’ll have a lot to share after all of that!

As I’ve said, the sunrises and sunsets have not been quite what we’re used to during our visits here.  I have one that I like.

Sunset over Bear Mountain

 

I love the glow of color over the mountain. The skies here are incredible.

That’s all for me today.  I hope to be posting a little more regularly but the beauty here is distracting.  I Love being distracted!

Happy Thursday!!

Week in Review~September 23

I’m back, with a probably shortened version of Week In Review, but nevertheless, I’m Here! Be sure to check out the link up at Clean Eats, Fast Feets to watch Meghan do it the Real Way!!

I’ll back  up a bit to say that last weekend, Ralph and I were in Nashville for his Army reunion.  It’s always a wonderful event and we spend as much time as possible with all of our friends since we only see them once a year.  I’m very remiss in that I didn’t get any great candid group shots as I usually do.  You’ll have to take my word for it that we were blessed with the presence of many of our friends and there were some late hours in order to not part ways.  We had a great time.

I had a bit of a reunion or a first meeting I suppose with a blog friend.  Can’t remember when first read  Allie’s blog, Forgotten Beast, but it think we were friends from the start.  When I found out last year that we were going to be in Nashville, I let her know right away.  A year of planning (well, truly about a week of planning) and we got the chance to meet.  Ralph and I met her for lunch at a great vegan restaurant called The Wild Cow.  We then went for gelato at Jenis next door.

Allie and Me

 

The scene of the crime! We had the best time talking and getting to know each other better.  So glad we had the chance.

After Nashville, we had a very smooth 2 day ride to New Mexico.  Everything fell into place on the road, great motel over night and a great restaurant that made me happy by serving breakfast anytime.  It was one of the best ever, but duh…I forgot a photo.  Maybe we’ll stop there on the way back to NJ.

Since getting here, we’ve been spending time doing things around the house ( a lot happens in a year’s absence) but we’ve made some good connections and we can get things done.

We’ve been seeing our NM friends and just relaxing overall.  We only get 2 channels here so there isn’t a lot of TV watching going on.  Ralph and I are both doing a lot of reading.  I like it.

We got our first chance to visit the Silver City Farmer’s Market.  We got there rather late in the day but I was still able to get some things.

Farmer's Market Veggies

 

The veggie on the upper left is actually a cucumber…never saw one like that before.  Can’t wait to try it.  The lower left is an heirloom tomato but sadly I can’t remember the name.  I’ll write things down next week.

Also found some locally grown honeydew…

Melons

 

These are sweet beauties but I sustained an injury during the cutting process which is one of the reasons this will be a short post.  Tough to type with a big bandage on your finger.  But I can work around it.

Much more has been going on, and I’m sure I’ll be able to give a fuller accounting of myself next week.  I’ll just suffice it to say that we’re happy to be here and having a great time.

Be sure to check out the other linkers over at Clean Eats, Fast Feets to see their Weeks In Review.  It’s always lots of fun!

Happy Monday!

Zoned in Another Time Zone

Good morning, or is it night-time?  My body is off track time wise.  My computer is telling me that it’s 8 am.  Of course, my computer is on New Jersey time.  The clock on the wall says 6 am.  I’ve been awake since 4 am according to my watch which is on New Mexico time, but that makes it 6 am to my body.  Ok, so I should be over this by now, but it doesn’t really bother me.  My sleeping was off track before we left and I don’t care what time it is or that my body Thinks it is…I’m in New Mexico!!

We’re doing a lot of settling in and getting things where we want them to be, but sadly it will have to be packed up again when we leave in October, but I’ll deal with that then.  We’re making arrangements for some repairs we need to have done.  We’ll also be looking for some furniture…thrift stores, here we come!

Oh, yes…and we’re looking at the sky.  I have so many beautiful sky photos already and we haven’t even been here a week.  That’s why I’m going to be linking this post to Snapshot Saturday hostessed by Melinda at West Metro Mommy.  I’ve missed it a few weeks now and I’m not happy about that.  Be sure to check the blogs linking up.  I love the photos that I find there!

Usually, I’m photographing the sunrises and sunsets when I’m here.  Because of the odd weather they’re having in NM this year, so far the sunrise/sunset hasn’t been up to the usual standards.  But the clouds…

Clouds No. 3

 

Clouds No.1

 

Clouds No,2

 

They’re all pretty amazing.  Ralph and I look like a couple of tourists…our phones or our cameras always clicking away.  On our trips here, we’ve often asked ourselves if we will become jaded once we live here.  Will we stop seeing the beauty of the land and the skies?  I don’t really think we will.  I think it will be a lifetime photo-op!!

Happy Friday and Happy Snapshot Saturday!!

Decompressing

It seems like I’ve been talking and ok, whining about this trip for a long time. It has been great so far.  Ralph’s Army reunion in Nashville was wonderful.  We got to see a lot of old friends and make some new ones.  I’m dealing with a space issue on photos at the moment and when I get it worked out, I’ll show some photos from the reunion.  I had a great deal of luck getting food I could eat and all in all it was a great experience.

Our road trip to Nashville was good, although we did hit four severe thunderstorms between Cincinnati and Nashville.  The kind where you can’t see beyond the hood of the car.  Scary. I always want to pull over but Ralph always forges on.  We came through it safely though.

Our trip to New Mexico was smooth, an overnight in Oklahoma and then straight on to Silver City.  We arrived at about 10:30 pm on Monday which was wonderful.  We’re used to getting in at about 4 am so this was a treat.  Actually had the chance to pick up a few things we’d need for morning and then settle in for a good night’s sleep.

After one full day here, I’m still trying to get my brain wrapped around the fact that I’m here and I will be here for a month.  I’m pretty excited, but still catching up on things.  I got some cleaning done yesterday and more to do today.  I always have to sweep up all of the “enchantment” that filters into the house while we’re gone, not to mention all of the dead spiders! We had a little issue with the hot water heater, it didn’t want to cooperate, probably because it hadn’t been lit for a while.  We called for repair yesterday, but Ralph was told they wouldn’t get here until today.  He went out later and tried it and it worked! So I’m desperately in need of a shower as I type this.  That’s next on my agenda.

Ralph picked up a cold on the way here and was kind enough to share it with me. He seems to be coming out of it and I’m feeling better too.  I made some of the magic elixir that helped us last winter-lemon, fresh ginger and honey mixed together and allowed to sit for a while.  Then put it in tea.  I brewed a pot for us last night and it really does the trick. I feel much better this morning.

I wanted to share a photo from the drive in that is one of the things that always amazes us about New Mexico.

New Mexico Sky

 

These beautiful clouds and skies are unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

Walmart sky

 

They even make Walmart look better!  Spent a good long while there yesterday afternoon and stocked us up with everything we need for a while.  People are so friendly here.  I had a nice long chat with my check out lady about produce.  She’s from California and says that the produce is the only thing she misses…it’s so much less expensive there.  I told her that the produce is probably the only thing I’ll miss about New Jersey when we finally move here.  But I’ll take more expensive produce to live here.

I’ve got beans cooking in the crock pot, so I’m feeling quite at home.  Better get the day started and oh, yes…Can’t wait for that shower!

Happy Friday!!

The Last of the Best

So here it is…the day I have NOT been looking forward to.  By the time you read this, we should be on the road heading back to New Jersey.  As I write this, I’m almost totally packed.

Not as many suitcases as I came with, one at least is going back empty because it carried a set of dishes I brought with me.  The black bag full of books only got three new companions.  I think that was admirable of me to keep the limit to only three!

Nature did us the favor on Friday night of giving us a wonderful sunset.  I actually took a wonderful panoramic video of it, but can’t figure out how to post it.  Need a tutorial for that!  But I’ll share some beautiful photos with you as a send off.

Remember, you can follow me on Twitter while we’re on the road.  I’m not sure whether I’ll get the opportunity to post.  Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Happy Sunday!

Making the Most

Friday was a day for catching up with a few things we needed to do around the house and starting to pack up.

In the morning, I cleaned up a lot of things in preparation for leaving and because we were expecting a short visit from our friend, Marcia from Java the Hut in the afternoon and I wanted things to look good.  She had never seen the house and I wanted things to look nice.  I got started packing up all of the food type things…things I had brought with the intention of doing a lot of cooking, but then with  our lack of a truly functional fridge, I couldn’t use.  Things got packed back into the reusable shopping bags that are so great to use when we travel out here.

In the afternoon, we drove down to Java to meet Marcia so that we could show her the way to the house (it’s a bit of a zig zag to get here).  I took advantage of the opportunity to take a few photos around the shop to have memories of one of my favorite places.

This is Patches.  She belongs to Marcia’s daughter in law, Ann and is the sweetest thing.

Ann, Me and Marcia.  They are both such sweet ladies!

Here are a few shots of the beautiful flowers around Java the Hut and the Hub in general.  A delightful man named Ward takes care of all of the flowers.  He is a Silver City native.

 

Sadly, I forgot to take any photos of Marcia’s visit.  She loved the house, and was fascinated by our view of Silver City from our deck.  She thinks she can probably see us from her house which is across town.  She said she was going to try when she got home.  That’s one advantage of being so high up on a hill.  It’s easy to see the house from several spots in the city!

That’s about it for now. I have some last-minute laundry to do.  I’m mostly packed except for my toiletries.  Now I get to help Ralph pack!  Now there’s an adventure!

Happy Saturday!  Trying to make the most of our last full day here!